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Friday, 30 May 2014

Sasha Keable @ Birthdays, Dalston - Bank Holiday Monday 26/5/2014

I first heard of Sasha Keable when she performed in BBC Radio 1 and 1xtra’s live lounge. It was early last year with the electro house duo Disclosure on a track she features in ‘Voices’ on their highly acclaimed album ‘Settle’. Sasha’s consistently high yet controlled tone is what captured me as for her generous debut EP ‘Black Book’ which includes 8 songs. The EP honestly showcases her songwriting skills and range in what she can do like no other. Black Book is definitely a must listen EP of 2013 alongside the new EP Lemongrass and Limeleaves. If you are into mixed genre music such as Neo Soul meets House and crosses slightly with some Jazz/RnB you will love her mellow but upbeat sound. I would categorise her as modern soul.

Myself and Sasha
Despite the long wait for Miss Keable she certainly made the show worthwhile wearing a dainty white shift dress only she could pull off in killer open toed heels. She commenced with Disclosure’s song before going into her own material with her band of three, who truly created a soothing vibe and experience for the cramped fans. After performing her featuring track she effortlessly belted 2 of her tunes from the first EP ‘Asking for more’ and ‘Careless over you’. An element of the evening I appreciated was how the harmonious singer would reveal the meaning of the song and its thought process before beginning each song making not only her sound more relatable but allowing the audience in to her mind a little, especially as she performed her heart felt song ' Memory'. Midway throughout the gig Sasha elegantly sang a beautiful cover of Anita Baker’s 80's classic 'Sweet Love' before surprising everyone with a spontaneous garage mix of the same cover. It went down a storm with the crowd at the sold out venue as everybody was soon enough dancing. At this point I seriously didn't want the night to end anytime soon but I can't help but feel as if my thought jinxed things as she then mentioned she was performing her last song, a new song 'Living without you' from the recently released Lemongrass and Limeleaves.

I loved the show but when it came to the end I couldn’t help but feel as if I paid £1 per song. I wish she performed more of her material, however saying that without a doubt we did get our money’s worth. Not many artists can pull off a decent garage mix of an 80's track, a big highlight of the night for me. Amazing show, keep it up Sasha!

Asking for more..


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